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13 Places to Find Your Next Book Club in Metro Phoenix

The Century Library Meeting Room hosts a number of book clubs in the Biltmore area.
The Century Library Meeting Room hosts a number of book clubs in the Biltmore area. Michelle Humphrey

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click to enlarge Join the Arcadia News Book Club or the Saguaro Friends Book Club at the Saguaro Library in Arcadia. - KRISTL CHAVEZ
Join the Arcadia News Book Club or the Saguaro Friends Book Club at the Saguaro Library in Arcadia.
Kristl Chavez
Saguaro Library
2808 North 46th Street
602-262-4636
This Arcadia-area branch of the Phoenix Public Library hosts the Saguaro Friends Book Club every second Thursday to discuss books and authors, as well as the designated book of the group (with selections like Once Upon a Time in Russia and works by Margaret Atwood). The Saguaro Library meeting room also hosts the Arcadia News Book Club, hosted by local writer Amanda Goossen.

click to enlarge A multitude of community book clubs are housed in the South Mountain Community Library. - BILL TIMMERMAN
A multitude of community book clubs are housed in the South Mountain Community Library.
Bill Timmerman
South Mountain Community Library
7050 South 24th Street
602-262-4636
A partnership between Phoenix Public Library and South Mountain Community College, the South Mountain Community Library hosts a wide array of book clubs and discussion groups. There's the SMCL Book Club every second Tuesday and Literary Circle Book Club every fourth Saturday. Both groups offer discussions on a member-chosen book, and the clubs are free and open to the public.

The Piper Writers House
Palm Walk and Tyler Mall at ASU Tempe
480-965-6018
This 1907 historic home is found on Arizona State University’s main campus in Tempe, as well as the National Register of Historic Places – and it’s home to the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the ASU Book Group. This club reads books by ASU professors, staff, and alumni, as well as local authors, and meets once a month with the actual author. Journalist Judith Smith founded the club, which is open to all ASU faculty members, staff, students, alumni, and the community. The free ASU Book Group meets for a monthly discussion at the Piper Writers House from noon to 1 p.m. in the Piper Writers House. It's usually followed by lunch with the author at the University Club on the Tempe campus.

The Poisoned Pen
4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, #101, Scottsdale
480-947-2974
The quaint Old Town Scottsdale bookstore offers a number of crime- and fiction-themed automatic-selection book clubs. That means the clubs picks a book based on you which group you joined, and a first-edition pick (oftentimes signed) is charged to your credit card and shipped to your house each month. Book groups at The Poisoned Pen include the Hardboiled Crime Club, the Surprise Me! Club, History Paperback Club, the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Club, Modern First Editions, and Fresh Fiction. You can even give book club membership as a gift.

Valley Bar
130 North Central Avenue
602-368-3121
The Reading Room at Valley Bar is the spot for spirited literary and philosophical conversation during the monthly gathering called Get Lit. Four Chambers Press and Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski host this free, first Thursday discussion on reading, writing, the media, and the world in general – just like those 17th-century French salons we’ve all read about – adhering to a monthly theme. The talk starts at 7 p.m., and cocktails are more or less encouraged.

click to enlarge The Velma's Clues Mystery Book Club and more at the Velma Teague Branch Library in Historic Downtown Glendale. - SUSAN JIMENEZ
The Velma's Clues Mystery Book Club and more at the Velma Teague Branch Library in Historic Downtown Glendale.
Susan Jimenez
Velma Teague Branch Library
7010 North 58th Avenue
623-930-3430
One of three locations of the Glendale Public Library system, the Velma Teague Branch Library is located in Historic Downtown Glendale. It's home to the Velma's Clues Mystery Book Club. Each month's meeting covers a mystery title with a group in the VTL Meeting Room every second Thursday. Authors include Nevada Barr, Jefferson Bass, and Nancy Atherton. Glendale Public Library librarian Judy Coon hosts the discussion. This branch also hosts the quarterly Brown Bag Booktalk, and the monthly 58th Avenue Book Group.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.